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Hiring 716: Buffalo man is a quarter of a way through restarting his life

Posted at 4:21 PM, Jan 10, 2019
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It’s never too late for a second start, just ask 36-year-old Bryan Harris.

"I don’t even remember having this much drive in high school or going to college prior to this.”

One semester in, Harris is a quarter of a way through his electrician's training at the Northland Workforce Training Center in Buffalo.

Harris has worked various restaurant and construction jobs. Now at Northland, he has found a second wind.

"I'm gonna get a career I’m gonna be able to have an enjoyable well maintained and secured lifestyle," Harris said.

It's a vocational school funded by the Buffalo Billion. Harris is part of its inaugural class.

“(The goal is) preparing the residents the students for careers in advanced manufacturing that pays family sustaining wages," CEO and President Stephen Tucker, said.

Currently, there are about 100 students enrolled. Tucker said he expects roughly 350 people by the Fall of 2019.

After Harris graduates he can expect to make around $35,000 to $50,000 a year. Enrollment for the majority of students is free. To sign up, go to its location at 683 Northland Avenue in Buffalo.

For more enrollment information and to be redirected to the Northland website, click this link.